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When Robert (or Kidder, as his best friend calls him) decides to impress at a job interview by making up a son, he discovers that maintaining the lie is far harder than he thought – so he invents a story that ‘Brodie’ has been kidnapped. After all, it’s not like they’re going to find the fake boy.
But a few weeks later, Kidder receives a call to collect his nonexistent son from the police station, a boy who looks exactly like the picture he photoshopped…
A Note From the Publisher
Lynda Clark has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2019 for her piece, ‘Ghillie’s Mum’.
‘This is a remarkable debut, written with great warmth and wit. By turns devastating and hilarious, Lynda Clark’s Beyond Kidding had me from the very start, and it didn’t let me go.’ — Sarah Jackson, author of Pelt and winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize 2013
‘A dark and quirky debut – funny, sad, thought-provoking and unexpected.’ — Emma D’Costa, Commonwealth Writers